Welcome to the Building Healthy Churches ministry of Great Commission Association. In this article you will find a basic overview of what this ministry is designed to do in partnership with our member churches.
This ministry will provide assistance in four major areas of church life: Discipleship, Leadership, Administration, and Communication. Healthy churches need to have active systems to develop disciples, recruit strategic leadership, administrate church operations, and create effective communication platforms. GCA will assist churches by assessing the current status of these areas, equipping leadership to understand and improve these areas and walk with the church to build these areas with excellence.
The ministry is designed to be highly relational. Churches will have coaches who will work with them over a period of months in each area. Senior pastors will connect with each other in a monthly leadership track, where they will be accountable to one another and share what God is doing in their church through this process. They will help each other through their shared experience and creativity.
This is not a quick-fix approach. It will require dedicated work by the church and association over a two-year period with one to two years of follow-up to assist with the normal issues of new systems and figuring out how to fine-tune them for effectiveness. Churches will need to have a senior pastor in place who desires to lead them through the entire process.
This ministry is intentionally designed for a small church of 50 to 150. It can be used for larger sizes but the approach is designed to work with a pastor and mainly volunteer staff. This isn’t for everyone as it will create a lot of dust at the beginning. Learn, grow, and change will become the daily marching orders for your church if selected for this ministry. There is an application and approval process and the size of the final BHC group is a maximum of six churches in the first year.
A Great Investment
This ministry will not be free to provide. Churches normally do not receive this kind of real-time relational support because it is very expensive. It will require hundreds of hours for each church by GCA staff, coaches, professionals and consultants. We have provided several ways for our member churches to afford this extensive ministry consultation. Fees and payment plans are found in the BHC Application.
Churches that complete this process will have:
- New and improved discipleship process that includes an improved worship life, accountable small groups and Sunday School and ministry teams that serve inside the church and in the community
- Future staff needs and selection plan
- Church personnel policies
- Federal and state compliance assurance
- A communication strategy complete with a new website
- A church operations manual
For more information about the Building Healthy Churches program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.